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« on: March 15, 2004, 03:13:43 PM »

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Iam currently using windows ME and although it has given me no trouble over the past couple of years it has now become a real pain. My computer often crashes with a different error message each time, and ven more often simply freezes with no message at all. What I would like to do is save all my important documents etc onto CD's, then wipe the whole system so that all bugs etc are cleared and start again. As my computer is relatively new and has lots of memory I think it would be wise, if I'm doing this anyway to use windows XP as that is the latest version and, hopefully, the most stable. My problem is that I haven't a clue of how to go about this.
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« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2004, 09:16:52 PM »

if memory serves me correctly today all you need to do is put your windowsxp cd in and reboot and it will do the rest for you
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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2004, 09:42:03 PM »

If you are going to install Windows XP, a clean install is advisable in order to avoid problems in the future.  This Site will give you the information you need in order to do this.  If you have any other questions, just post back.




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« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2004, 06:44:04 PM »



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Thank you both for your help. Kraut I found your acticle particularly interesting. I would like a bit of advice regarding your coment to back up, back up, back up.  I currently use roxio easy Cd and DVD creator. The compatability check shows there is a problem with this program on XP. Would I still be able to retrieve files saved using drag to disk, or is there a better way to back up. Sorry I'm a bit of a novice with these sort of things.

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« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2004, 02:36:49 PM »

Hi there:

I'm not familiar with Roxio, but usually programs in which you drag files to your CD are using packet writing. This is a method of writing files to CD which is generally readable by almost any PC running Windows.

While you may want to check, if it's using packet writing, you should be able to use those files on any PC running windows.

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